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SAAD Board fully supports the IACSD Standards (April 2015) and strongly recommends that members comply with the new guidelines on training and clinical practice.


SAAD courses and the SAAD Safe Sedation Practice Scheme will continue to be aligned with the IACSD Standards as will our advice to members, professional indemnity organisations and other specialist societies.




SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse scheme

Under the IACSD standards anyone who was not practising sedation before April 2015 must attend a university, deanery or IACSD accredited sedation course that includes the provision of knowledge, skills and  supervised clinical practice.

The SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse (SASN) scheme is IACSD accredited and provides the skills, knowledge and supervised clinical practice required to assist in the provision of sedation before a final assessment of competence.


What is involved

The first stage of the SASN scheme is the two day SAAD Dental Nurse Course in Conscious Sedation for Dentistry, (SAAD National Course)  this is when you will acquire the underpinning knowledge and skills. This course is a stand alone course that can be also attended as a refresher.

To become a SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse you must  nominate your clinical supervisor(s) who will be approved by SAAD.  You will then be required to Complete Direct Observation of Procedure assessments (DOPs)  which will consist of 20 intravenous sedation (IV) cases and /or 10 inhalation (IHS) sedation cases under the supervision of your nominated clinical supervisor. You can choose whether to do only IV, only IHS or both.  You will also need to complete a review of your practice/clinic.  During this time advice and support will be available from SAAD.  All of your documents must be completed within 12 months from commencement and submitted 6 weeks prior to your final assessments. The assessment is a multiple choice question paper covering all sedation techniques and a short practical assessment of airway management skills.


How to enrol

If you would like to enrol for the SASN scheme please complete the online registration for the first stage, SAAD Dental Nurse Course in Conscious Sedation for Dentistry, the fee for the first stage is £380. 

Then enrol for the second stage, SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse scheme, the fee for this stage is £470. The SASN scheme will run form the date you attend the SAAD National course and all documents must be submitted within twelve months of attending the National Course.

The total fee to become a SAAD Assessed Sedation Nurse is £850.

You will need to provide the following required information when you register for the SASN scheme.  Incomplete registration forms cannot be accepted.

Date you attended the SAAD National Course 

Intended sedation technique(s)

Age group of patients (adults, children or both)

Name of proposed clinical supervisor(s)

GDC / GMC No. of proposed clinical supervisor(s)

Qualifications of proposed clinical supervisor(s)

Sedation experience of proposed clinical supervisor(s)

Sedation services offered by proposed clinical supervisor(s)

Address of the practice(s) where the clinical supervision will take place 

A brief description of sedation facilities


Any questions?

If you have any questions please contact in the first instance.


SAAD is at the forefront of postgraduate teaching of sedation techniques in dentistry. The Society runs courses for the whole dental team encouraging the safe provision of conscious sedation. Other activities include providing scientific seminars, giving expert advice to other bodies including the Department of Health and the General Dental Council; providing experts for guidelines and standards documents; giving expert evidence to the courts; promoting research in the field of pain and anxiety control and providing individual support and advice to members. Membership of the society is open to any registered dental or medical practitioner, dental nurse or dental therapist/hygienist.